If you’ve been struggling to remain consistent with your workout routine this year, don’t worry, because you’re not alone. Almost everyone who made the New Year’s resolution to lose weight in 2018 has failed so far – but the year’s not over yet!
Recommitting to an exercise plan after being lax for way too many months isn’t easy. We get it. So we turned to personal trainer, Stephanie Mansour for help.
Here are some of her favorite weight loss mental tricks to help her clients get back into the habit of exercising and sticking to their routine.
If you’ve been out of the fitness game for too long, it’s probably not realistic to schedule painfully long gym sessions every day of the week.
One of Mansour’s favorite weight loss mental tricks is to start small with 10-15 minute workouts few times a week to hit the ground running. This will get you back in the groove without leaving you soar and exhausted after the first few days.
Start with a few crunches or squats in the living room while watching the television. You can even take a quick walk around the block while you’re waiting for the laundry to be done. Exercise for 10 minutes every day, and who knows? Maybe you’ll be motivated to do 5 more minutes after the first couple of weeks.
Set Mini Goals
Goal-setting is an important for achieving success and there are plenty of studies that show positive effects of this habit on your weight loss progress.
But the key here is to set goals that are realistic and achievable. Health experts say that fitness goals should defined, relevant and measurable. So instead of thinking that you’re going to lose 20 pounds in a year, start with a smaller, more ‘attainable’ goal like hitting 10,000 steps every day.
Don’t be too Hard on Yourself
Don’t be so rigid and strict in your workout regimen that you aren’t leaving any room in your mind for a option B (or even C) in case things don’t go as planned. Maybe you missed your spinning class or your trainer bailed on you last minute.
Don’t just accept defeat and go home with working out at all. Hop on the treadmill instead or do exercises that you are familiar with so that the day doesn’t feel like a total failure.
Try Not to Skip Gym
Skipping gym isn’t as much of an active choice as an unconscious decision. Often, we don’t even think about it and time slips away from us.
Maybe you overslept or got home late from work and simply didn’t feel like working out. It may feel like you don’t have any control over the circumstances – but you actually do. So if you have to skip gym, make it conscious decision and hold yourself accountable for it.
This is one of the best weight loss mental tricks that will help you stick to your plans.